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English is not their first language: Language and the Law conference, April 2019

photo of justice scalesThe Northern Territory Supreme Court hosted the 3rd “Language and the Law” conference in the Supreme Court in Alice Springs from - 5th - 7th April, 2019. The conference is run in close co-operation with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service and Charles Darwin University and proudly supported by NAATI

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • improve understanding by the various participants in the court process of the practical and other concerns of interpreters (with a special focus on Aboriginal interpreters)
  • improve utilisation of interpreters in court
  • develop greater cultural sensitivity in those involved
  • improve access to justice for those in the community for whom English is not their first language, or who may otherwise experience language difficulties in a courtroom setting – for example the hearing impaired.

Conference program

The conference was suitable for judicial officers, legal practitioners, police officers, corrections staff, interpreters, academics and students. 

Speakers will include Justice Stephen Gageler of the High Court, Supreme and Federal Court judges, Professor Diana Eades from the University of New England, and Dr Michael Cooke, an academic specialist in legal interpreting, as well as a number of other academics, legal practitioners and court interpreters.

This page will be updated reviews and session notes from the conference by June 30, 2019. While you are waiting, this fabulous article, "Shoe on the other foot: caught in a foreign justice system" was recently published by the Alice Springs news. 


Published: 28/02/2019